from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a person who anthologizes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who compiles an anthology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The compiler of an anthology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an editor who makes selections for an anthology
In fact, if I do, the anthologist is doing something wrong, because that means he's collecting only birds of a feather and not challenging me enough or pushing the envelope, and when you have 15 - 20 stories and writers to play with, it's okay to take risks with a few of them.
The art of the anthologist is the art of the host: his tact is exerted in choosing a congenial group; making them feel comfortable and at ease; keeping the wine and tobacco in circulation; while his eye is tenderly alert down the bright vista of tablecloth, for any lapse in the general cheer.
Then there's the other kind of anthologist, the Disch kind, the weirdo, the iconoclast, the demented hedgehog to steal Archilochus of Paros's analogy.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best original anthologies ever edited by Ellen Datlow - a high compliment indeed, given her prowess as an anthologist.
See my boilerplate author-anthologist contract, which spells out the rights in detail.
Ellen Datlow, the distinguished editor and anthologist, chose some of the very best short fiction writers working today to write stories inspired by Poe's work.
Compared to an original anthologist, I don't have to commission stories, nor wade through slush, nor work with authors to improve their submissions (either by line editing or by suggesting more dramatic changes).
Oxford was on to a good thing with John Gross, anthologist.
Here's a thought -- maybe it might be a good idea for an anthologist to actually try to get a representative selection of stories and writers in their chosen theme rather than just one that represents their own personal taste and judgement or with whom they have a personal relationship.
I'm not an anthologist, though, so I can't say how it would work in terms of putting a book together.
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